WHY IS PERFECTION THE ENEMY OF ENTREPRENEURS?

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At any cost, writing a perfect business plan, creating the perfect product, offering or business can be a counterproductive strategy, especially in entrepreneurship. Is it not said that the best is the enemy of the good? In business creation, perfection can quickly become the enemy of the entrepreneur.

WHY IS PERFECTION THE ENEMY OF ENTREPRENEURS?
PERFECTION CAN PREVENT YOUR ABILITY TO INNOVATE

Few projects have remained in their original form. Experience shows that the majority of the projects that have succeeded is that they are nothing like what designers thought of during the development phase of the business plan . The unexpected is often a source of innovation.

THE QUEST FOR PERFECTION CAN ISOLATE YOU

The project is enriched and nourished by consecutive meetings, advice received, the integration of a new member into the team, reframing of the communication strategy or participation in a very inspiring training. To dwell on one's a priori and received ideas under the pretext of attaining an ideal that only you have defined can harm your project. In business creation too, doubt is a cardinal virtue. The questioning allows us to evolve and open up new perspectives.

PERFECTION CAN MAKE YOU LOSE MARKETS (TIME TO MARKET)

Competition is not waiting for you or customers either. While you are developing the perfect prototype (which in itself is already a real oxymoron!), Competition, for its part, conquers new territories and gains market share. When one knows the importance of time to market, the quest for perfection can only be a brake in your market penetration strategy. It is rather advisable to adopt a lean startup approach: create an acceptable product and go to the onslaught of customers without further delay. Improvements will come later!

PERFECTION CAN HURT YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

Focusing on your unique obsession has good. However, this does not allow the machine to advance. As you concentrate on the perfect product, other business activities stagnate.

PERFECTION IS NOT A GOAL? THE sole purpose IS THE EFFICIENCY OF YOUR ACTIONS!

The imperative for any entrepreneur is the profitability of his business. In fact, to seek perfection at all costs can deviate your trajectory from the essential.

This exercise will be a good way to refocus your efforts and get to the point. Your quest for perfection must focus solely on this goal: to respond as quickly as possible to the needs of your customers by providing an operational solution. They will help you develop the perfect product over time!

But is perfectionism a good idea in business?

Shifting gears, the most simple way to answer this question, is NO.

And I’m hardly alone in this conclusion. Psychologists consider perfectionism a disorder, while prominent business thinkers strongly discourage entrepreneurs from even trying to be perfect.

Why? Let’s take Steve Jobs as a case in point. I've frequently covered this incredible business leader, design thinker, and technology innovator here. In most of what I research and write about him, I've highlighted his intense perfectionism, while objectively looking at both its positive and negative effects on his achievements.


Because Jobs rigorously pursued perfection, he implemented policies and made decisions that adhere to impossibly high standards, especially for others to be measured against.

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